How I Use It
As part of my classroom expectations, I have had students individually keep curations through Evernote. They are able to share items or collections of items with me or others in order to expand or demonstrate their knowledge about a subject.
In my classroom, students have worked in groups to collect and organize items that demonstrate "powerful words." During a poetry unit, students learned about the importance of specific and powerful words that authors use. As part of their group work score, each group had to collect various digital pieces that demonstrate what they determined as powerful words. The pieces included videos of spoken word poetry, images that can be used to elicit powerful words when an author writes about it, found graphics that demonstrate highlighting of powerful words, and finally students needed to include their creations of videos, images and graphics that demonstrate powerful words. While this part of the project was engaging, the curations were quite indicative of the depth of knowledge each group had on the use of powerful words.
Evernote is a great site for students and teachers to collect and organize their digital investigations. Plugins/extensions for Chrome makes curation of sites,documents,files, and images easy and convenient to use. The use of folders makes organization of these curated items possible.